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WS 12: Market Systems Development & Environmental Management in Developing Countries

Swisscontact’s Experiences in Sustainable Waste Management, Energy-Efficient Brick Production and other Areas of Environmental Management

Workshop Organiser: Swisscontact
Workshop Chair:  Martin Dietschi (ETH, MSc)
Date and time: Wednesday 25, 14h30 – 16h30
Room: 3


Market Systems Development (MSD) or Inclusive Markets (IM)2 in various forms have become a mainstream development paradigm in recent years. The focus of this market-based approach is on the wider “market system” as opposed to looking only at core functions of the market (supply – demand). By comprehensively analysing the system, including the supporting functions (information flows, infrastructure, skills & technologies etc.) and rules (regulations, laws, standards, informal rules etc.) underlying causes for market failure for the poor are identified. MSD aims at facilitating a systemic change in the market system thus ensuring access to input and output markets for the poor in a long-term sustainable way. Swisscontact has been designing and implementing various programs with a systemic approach for over 15 years, in order to ensure long-term sustainability of projects and reach large scale.

During the Workshop, it will be shown how energy & resource efficiency, GHG mitigation, municipal solid waste management (SWM), waste regulations, and recycling schemes can be holistically addressed by the Inclusive Markets approach. Making use of market forces is often not the starting point for environmental or climate change projects, but it can contribute strongly to bringing about quantifiable and sustainable impacts. Swisscontact would like to share its experience on how improved production processes, recycling and re-use, as well as increased awareness for the environment can create more and better employment and income for SMEs while mitigating climate change. Projects where the market systems approach was included from the outset in the project design will be also presented during by Swisscontact.

The following key questions will be raised during the Workshop:

  1. What opportunities does the Inclusive Markets (IM) approach offer for sustainable environmental management and what are its limitations?
  2. Which elements of IM have proven to be successful?
  3. What is the role of entrepreneurs/green businesses for income creation and environmental management?
  4. What are the key levers in a market system (framework conditions and ecosystem) to promote green growth?


Martin Dietschi – Dipl. Chem. ETH / MSc

Martin has been with Swisscontact for nearly 12 years. He started out in an air quality project in Peru in 2005. Following his return to Switzerland, he worked at Swisscontact’s Head Office for nearly 5 years. From mid-2010, he took over project responsibility for a Social Compliance Project in Bangladesh, improving working conditions, as well as legal and environmental compliance, in ready-made garments factories. The project substantially improved working conditions and reduced supply chain risks for European buyers. He was also directly responsible for the design and launch of a solid waste management project in Bangladesh, modelled on a similar Swisscontact project in Bolivia. In mid-2014, Martin moved to Bolivia, where he took over responsibility for three environment projects:

· EELA (Eficiencia Energética en Ladrilleras y Yeseras) made brick and gypsum production more efficient, reducing CO2 emissions by 51 kilotons and increasing producers’ incomes by 1.4M USD.

· Ecovecindarios is a project working to improve waste management systems and recycling by promoting waste separation and green businesses, which produced 36 kilotons of CO2 emission reductions. Ecovecindarios was the first environment project globally to be audited according to the DCED Standard (Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, see

· Lastly, Martin was managing a project to build composting and biogas plants, together with municipal governments and the Ministry of Environment.

Kolja Leiser – Programme Officer, Swisscontact, Zurich

Kolja has extensive experience in sustainability and carbon management, sustainable transport and north-south cooperation. He holds a diploma in International Business and Cultural Studies.

At Swisscontact, he oversees a portfolio of environmental and value chain projects in South America. Prior to Swisscontact, he worked as a management consultant, sustainability manager at a large Swiss bank as well as in the German development cooperation and the bike-sharing industry.

Sébastien Haye – Managing Consultant – E4tech, Lausanne

Sébastien has a decade of professional experience in sustainability relating to biomass, bioenergy and biomaterial production. His primary focus is projects related to the environmental and social impacts (life cycle greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, soil, water, food security, and human rights) of bioenergy and bio-based products, plus biofuel policies, market analysis, biomass supply chains, and certification systems.

Prior to E4tech Sébastien was Standards Director at the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), an EU-recognised biofuel certification system. He significantly contributed to the development and implementation of the RSB sustainability standards, coordinating consensus-driven negotiations among hundreds of private, public, and civil society organisations worldwide. Before this he worked for the Resource Optimisation Initiative in Bangalore and co-led the environmental and social impact assessment of a new business model developed by BP for the deployment of bioenergy in rural areas of southern India (Oorja). Since 2003, he has volunteered on the Board of Directors of non-profit organisations including Terre des Hommes Suisse and Artjuna.

Sébastien holds an MSc in environmental sciences and a BSc in biology from the University of Geneva. He speaks French, English, and Spanish, as well as some German.


· Swisscontact, Martin Dietschi  

· Swisscontact, Kolja Leiser 

· E4tech, Sébastien Haye